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Used to express a greeting.

[From how do ye, how do you do.]
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sentence substitute
chiefly US an informal word for hello
[C16: from the phrase how d'ye do]
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(ˈhaʊ di)

interj., n., pl. -dies. Informal. interj.
1. (used as an expression of greeting.)
2. an act or instance of saying “howdy”; a hello.
[1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.howdy - an expression of greetinghowdy - an expression of greeting; "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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[ˈhaʊdɪ] EXCL (US) → ¡hola!
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[ˈhaʊdi] excl (US)salut!
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interj (US inf) → Tag (inf)
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[ˈhaʊdɪ] excl (Am) → salve!
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